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The Ashes of Creation release schedule is subject to change.[1]

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Pre‑alpha Alpha-0.[2] December 15, 2017.[3]
Alpha Alpha-1 stress test.[4] September 7, 2018.[5]
Alpha-1 phase 1 arena (battlegrounds).[4] October 19, 2018.[6]
Alpha-1 phase 1 castle siege mode.[4] December 2018.[4]
Alpha-1 phase 1 horde mode.[4] End of March 2019.[4]
Alpha-1 phase 2.[7] Q2 of 2019.[8]
Alpha-2 (persistent alpha).[9][10] Q3 of 2019.[11]
Beta Betas won through the weekly drawings ("Beta-0").[12] After Alphas, but before Betas.[12]
Beta-1. 2019.[13]
Beta-2. -
Pre‑release Head start for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[14] 1-2 days before launch.[14][15]
Release Launch (live) release. Before 2020.[16][17][18]
Post‑launch Major releases (DLC expansions). Quarterly.[19]
Minor releases. Monthly.[19]

Early access

Ashes of Creation early access packages:

Alpha-1

Alpha-1 is a testing release of Ashes of Creation.[28]

Alpha-1 stress test will include limited testers selected by order of purchase.[4]

Alpha-1 phase 1 will focus on the action side of combat.[8][31]

Alpha-1 phase 2 will test hybrid action/tab combat.[8]

Alpha-1 testing

Testing of Alpha-1 arena (battlegrounds/BR mode) will proceed as follows.[6][41]

  • Alpha-1 testers only.[42]
  • Alpha-2 testers will be invited starting 19 October 2018 at 6:30PM (PDT).[6]
  • Alpha-0, Beta-1 and Beta-2 testers will be invited in the following weeks.[6]
  • Finally, testing will be opened to all registered users.[6]

Glorious Ashes Community, we are expanding our testing group this weekend to include all Alpha 2 backers. We will also be lifting the NDA for the Phase 1 Arena testing going forward. Testing tonight will be starting at around 6:30pm and will be running till Sunday evening. With intermittent maintenances during the tests. We are happy to announce the testing is going very well and we are collecting a lot of useful data. In the weeks moving forward we will begin to announce invites to all beta backers and all A0 testers, before eventually inviting all registered users.[6]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 castle sieges and Horde mode testing schedules will be similar.[41]

  • Alpha-1 testers will test for the first month.[41]
  • Alpha-2 testers will be invited following that.[41]
  • All other backers will be invited afterwards.[41]
  • Finally, testing will be opened to all registered users.[41]

A2 will be invited for the br mode, then we will invite all backers, then all registered users. When the castle siege mode is implemented a1 will test alone for the first month, then we will follow the same invite schedule as the br. Same for horde.[41]Steven Sharif

Only Alpha-1 testers gain access to Alpha-1 phase 2.[40]

Alpha-1 bonus releases

The Alpha-1 arena (Battle Royale) game mode will be released as a bonus to the community in October 2018.[43]

  • This mode will not be in the full Ashes of Creation MMORPG.[44]
  • It may be implemented as a side mode dependent on feedback from testers.[44]

It's not going to be in the MMORPG. But it is possible that we could allow it to persist as a side game: A side mode I guess. Depending on if our testers actually enjoy it.[44]Steven Sharif

You'll be able to share everything you earn there in the MMORPG when it launches; and the arena system will persist post-launch as well. So this will be an all-action based arena that exists side-by-side with Ashes of Creation as a mode that players will get to plan and earn unique cosmetics in.[35]Steven Sharif

Alpha 1 testers will test each arena mode a full month before that mode is granted to registered users. This phase is a bonus phase of development and we will run the arena during development and post launch as a matchmaking mode of Ashes.[36]Steven Sharif

Alpha 1 phase 1, the “arena” will continue as a matchmaking side that everyone can play. An all action mode of combat with br, castle sieges and horde.[45]Steven Sharif

Status

We're able to bring this Alpha-1 testing to you guys early: A whole quarter than what we actually put in our roadmap.[46]Steven Sharif

Alpha-2

Alpha-2 is the Persistent alpha.[9][10] This release is expected to include the following:

Closed beta

Beta testing of Ashes of Creation will be closed.[50]

Head start

Head start grants early access one or two days prior to the live launch of Ashes of Creation for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[51]

The point of head start is twofold: One for testing, making sure that the live launch servers pre-wipe are good; and then Two, it's a way to stagger the population move into the game. Because if you have servers with 10,000 concurrent player capability and you have everyone logging in at the exact same time, that is a problem I've never seen an MMO tackle successfully, ever.[52]Steven Sharif

Headstart servers

The number of head start servers is estimated to be three. This is subject to change.[53]

  • There will be an OCE headstart server.[54]

Headstart limitations

The game functionality is limited during the head start period so that players cannot decide the world-scape earlier than others.[55]

  • During the head start, the node system will be deactivated.
  • Head start specific servers are also planned.
  • It will not be possible to secure player housing during the headstart period due to the deactivation of the node system.

NDA

Stress testers may discuss their experience. However visuals, including streams, video recording and screenshots for the stress test are under NDA. Unlike other studios, our community quite literally is first in, to Verra. And the stress test might be messy... Only visuals are under NDA.[61][62]Steven Sharif

Participation

Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[64]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[65]

Milestones

Accomplishments

  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[80]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[81]
  • Most anticipated MMO – MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.[82]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[83]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Independent game.[84]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Online game.[84]

See also

References

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  3. 3.0 3.1 Livestream, 18 January 2018 (2:48).
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 alpha1-phase-1-update.png
  7. Livestream, 4 May 2018 (47:57).
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 8.17 8.18 8.19 Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  9. 9.0 9.1 Livestream, 18 January 2018 (25:22).
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  13. 13.0 13.1 MMOGAMES Interview, 8 September 2017.
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  22. PAX West 2017 Alpha package.
  23. PAX West 2017 Beta package.
  24. Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
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  27. Livestream, 17 August 2018 (58:53).
  28. Video, 5 April 2018 (1:01:40).
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  31. Podcast, 4 August 2018 (1:07:59).
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  34. Podcast, 11 May 2018 (57:42).
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  37. Interview, 8 August 2018 (18:55).
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  42. Livestream, 27 September 2018 (9:50).
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  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 Interview, 20 October 2018 (2:29:14).
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  46. Livestream, 1 September 2018 (53:11).
  47. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (2:17).
  48. Livestream, 27 September 2018 (54:02).
  49. Interview, 20 October 2018 (1:24:28).
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  52. Podcast, 4 August 2018 (2:00:05).
  53. Interview, 8 August 2018 (25:53).
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  58. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (49:26).
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  63. Interview, 24 August 2018 (12:18).
  64. 64.0 64.1 64.2 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (28:50).
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  66. 66.0 66.1 66.2 MASSIVELY OP interview: Ashes of Creation on a new way to MMO.
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  68. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter campaign
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  72. PAX West 2017 Schedule.
  73. PAX West 2017 Map.
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  77. Ashes of Creation Gamescom 2018 Interview: Responding to Criticism.
  78. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  79. Interview, 8 August 2018 (1:52).
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  81. kickstarter most funded video game.png
  82. MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.
  83. Most Anticipated MMORPGs For 2018.
  84. 84.0 84.1 DualShockers’ Gamescom 2018 Awards